A lot has been said lately about reviews. Who’s writing them? Who’s trading them? How honest are they? Let’s put aside that writers have writer friends, and for the most part, we support each other. There’s nothing wrong with that; we are a supportive group. Are we more generous when reviewing our friends? If I’m being honest, I’d say yes. Rarely will a writer with any ethics flip off a one-star review, because we know how hard it is to write a book. A writer’s subject matter and how she portrays her characters have consequences when it comes to the judgment of her readers, and in turn their reviews. How offended is a reader when the storyline conflicts with their respective beliefs or when a character does something they find personally reprehensible?
My books have darker subject matters and characters who often cross ethical lines. Romances take the hardest hits. Readers become invested in the relationship between the hero and heroine, and they want the story to turn out the way they want. If it doesn’t, watch out. Mysteries and thrillers have a little more leeway, but here again, there are limits.
So back to my original question―Do you try not to alienate readers by tweaking a book to make it more acceptable, or do you write the story the way you know in your heart it has to be, pitfalls included? If you write edgy storylines, are you ready for the fallout―those one and two star reviews that zap your confidence just a little? If you do, relax. You’ll get used to them.
Then, of course, there’s always the possibility that a reader thinks your book just sucks. There’ll be a few of those too.
ABOUT POLLY IYER
Polly Iyer was born on the coast of
studying at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Massachusetts Boston,
she lived in Italy, Atlanta, and now resides in the beautiful Piedmont region
in an empty nest house with her husband and a drooling mutt named Max. Writing
novels turned into her passion after careers in fashion, art, and business. Now
she spends her time being quite the hermit in comfortable clothes she wouldn't
be caught dead wearing on the outside, while she devises ways for life to be
complicated for her characters. Better them than her. South Carolina
Read more about Polly and her books at http://PollyIyer.com.